Back Up Trainers


Trina Potts is an Atlanta based  Certified Personal Trainer, the owner and operator of Giddy Up Personal Training. Trina was drawn to the fitness industry in an effort to fulfill her dream of helping people make fitness a lifestyle. After discovering that the majority of gyms and studios focused on men and bodybuilding, Trina became determined to provide a fitness facility that addresses the diverse needs of busy clients who are forced to juggle multiple competing priorities daily. After much research and dialogue, she decided to open Giddy Up Personal Training in an effort to create a studio that embodies the environment desired: to be more comfortable, feel safe and motivated to work out.

Trina takes a holistic approach with her clients, ensuring that they have “real” mind and body solutions that fit into their busy lives. With her Giddy Up3 concept approach, she specializes in weight loss, muscle building, toning, strength training, core strength, balance and flexibility, cardiovascular health, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and nutrition coaching. Trina has had tremendous success helping others improve their lives and achieve more than they thought possible. For some fun facts about Trina Click Here

Certifications include: 

  • BS in Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Certified Behavioral Change Specialist
  • NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist
  • Certified American Heart Association Instructor


Johnathan Howard a.k.a “Bug Howard” is the Fitness Director of Giddy PT. He directs all operations , while training  clients for the company. Born in Rochelle, GA, Johnathan, has always aspired to motivate men and women in the field of exercise and nutrition. During his professional career in the NFL he has always applied what he has learned(from the best in the business),  when training and developing clients, as it relates the exercise and nutrition.

Certifications/Experience include: 

  • BS in Communications, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • National Football League(NFL), Wide Receiver/Tight-End (Current FREE AGRENT)
    • Teams include: Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Instructed D1 Sports Bootcamps
  • Certified ISSA CPR & AED 
  • Speed & Agility Coach
  • Personal Development & Life Coach




LaShaunda “L.J” Dupree is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). L.J holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and has over 5 years experience in Health and Fitness. As a former Division 1 collegiate track and field athlete her aspiration is working with youth who would like to attain running at the college level. L.Js well-rounded background has motivated her to focus on helping others reach their fitness goals. Being in the military taught her the importance of being fit and the discipline needed to get fit and stay fit. Her mission is to educate and provide the tools needed to understand that being healthy can be a lifestyle.

Certifications & Experience include:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • BS Degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy (West Point)
  • Division 1 collegiate track and field athlete


Terrance Hutchinson is the owner of Best Lifestyle Fitness and Nutrition. He has been providing health and fitness instruction over the last 9 years throughout the Georgia, Carolina’s, Florida, and New York AND L.A. area. He also has online fitness programs with clients in Germany and Australia.  

Terrance is a Certified Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, Certified Corporate Consultant, Certified Exercise Therapist, and The Author of the books, 150 Recipes to Transform Your Body and 25 Irritable Dessert That You can Indulge Cook Books. He is in the making of his 3rd book, “How I Survived TYPE 2 Diabetes”.  Terrance IS the Host of HIS NEW show, The Total Wellness Show with Terrance on 108PRAISE RADIO and a Motivational Speaker.

Terrance is the contributing heath and wellness writer for ELEV8 MAGAZINE, KONTROL MAGAZINE, BOLD AGELESS BEAUTY MAGAZINE, and MYTIME MAGAZINE and IMPACT MAGAZINE. He also has an impactful blog at

He’s been nominated for the 2017 RICE AWARDS for Health and Wellness, Nominated for ATLANTA HOTTEST Author, Fitness Model, and Online Radio Host.  Nominated for Best Self Magazine’s BEST PERSONAL TRAINER IN Atlanta for 2017. Cover Model for BOLD AGELESS BEAUTY MAGAZINE Fall Issue. Nominated for BONHEUR MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 BATCHELOR IN ATLANTA FOR 2017.

He has coached dozens of people in their homes, Online, fitness centers, corporate offices, boot camps, nutritional guidance seminars, HIIT circuits, Power Training, and in-home Personal Chef Demonstrations into successfully leading others into a healthier lifestyle.

Furthermore, Terrance has lead in- services, consultations and diabetic classes to local hospitals, Corporate Wellness programs around the Atlanta area on exercise fundamentals and proper nutrition for a healthier lifestyle makeover.

Terrance understands how it is to maintain a busy work schedule while balancing proper nutrition and purposeful exercise. Whether it’s to lose or gain weight, increase strength, continue post rehabilitation after prescriptive medical care or creating customized programs for clients, Terrance has expertise in all areas of the fitness and wellness industry.

He truly believes that with education, diligence, dedication, commitment, and the motivational coaching, everyone can live the dream of achieving the body and health of their dreams.

Certifications include:

  • Certified Fitness & Nutrition Specialist
  • Certified Corporate Consultant
  • Certified Exercise Therapist


I am a student athlete who chose to become a coach and personal trainer  inspired to help others reach their optimal health,physically, mentally and emotionally! I started as a culinary arts student with the love of food and fine dining for my career to grow into business and now coaching and training people how to eat for their journey. I truly love seeing others reach personal, business and mental goals by pushing through limitations set by themselves and maybe even conditioned at birth and fighting the odds they feel within when having to  face releasing excess body weight to become victorious. My goals is to help over a million people reach their health goals to create a happier and more optimistic look for the future! Let’s get fit together and learn how to live with energy and truly enjoy life by getting more active and being involved in fun daily activities!

Certifications include:

  • Certified Personal Trainer -Udemy Academy
  • Adult and Child CPR Certificate
  • Sport Coach Training


I have 15 years of working in the health and fitness industry.  Those who have trained with me over the years would describe me as charismatic, inspiring, and devoted into getting them fit for a way of life.  My knowledge of how the human body works inside and out set me apart from the rest.  I can sculpt and tone a body within weeks without any supplements intake.  Are you ready to learn how you can reach your pinnacle of fitness in 12 weeks or less.
Certifications include:
  • NESTA Certified Advance Personal Trainer
  • Adult and Child CPR Certificate
  • Certified Sport Coach Training


Hey my name is Jimmy and I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years. I went to school to become a personal trainer because I love helping others be the very best they can be by teaching them to live a healthy and fit life. I have a passion to teach my clients the true essence of how making good choices will produce long lasting results.   I am an encourager and work hard to motivate my clients to achieve their lifestyle goals!
I love hiking, 5K’s, and natural bodybuilding.  What is natural bodybuilding? Creating workouts and health plans with items anyone and everyone can do without needing a gym, supplements, or other additives.
 I have been involved with the Special Needs community for years and have coached many athletes to go to the Special Olympics.
For me, fitness is a lifestyle that I truly love and will do my best to encourage others to ‘get healthy’. My motto is ‘Keep Moving Forward!’ As long as you are moving forward, even if it is just a little forward, that is progress and should be celebrated. As long as today is better than yesterday, you are moving in the right direction!
I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your fitness goals as we both make small steps today to make our tomorrow better than today!

Certifications include:

  • NPTI Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR , First Aid


Jasmine is a Georgia native who received her bachelor of science in exercise science from Georgia State University. She is a certified exercise physiologist and personal trainer. She specializes in group fitness instruction, including indoor cycling, boot camp, HIIT, and dance instruction.

Certifications include:

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

ISSAC OKWANDU-Certified Personal Trainer

Isaac holds a B.A. in Kinesiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has an extensive background in personal training, group fitness, and corporate wellness. A lifelong of athletics, influenced Isaac to take a professional approach to exercise and mental and spiritual wellness. Isaac specializes in strength building, posture correction, high intensity training, and sport specific training. Isaac’s approach to fitness is very simple, and that is to build on the positives during each and every session.

Education & Certifications include:

  • B.A. in Kinesiology
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Olivier Vandervorst- Certified Personal Trainer

European Master in Physical Therapy in Sport

23 years of work experience like European Physical Therapist , Chiropractor and Coach.
A perfect knowledge of the body and his operation.
I’m a specialist in sport Coaching, injuries prevention and rehabilitation,
I can manage the ergonomics space of worker to help him/her to have a better way to work without pain and fatigue . I know the principles of Back School to care and protect your precious back, I can manage the return to work or sport after a disease or injuries. I know the fundamental principles of nutrition to help you to lose or gain weight, I can teach each of these things and explain simply the way to live better,

Certifications Include:

  • Weight Loss Specialist
  • CPR , First Aid


My philosophy is to view being “FIT” as an ongoing process. To be “FIT” means to have: A “F” foundation of “I” incorruptible “T” thinking .
By first changing your heart, and your mind, you body WILL and MUST follow anything that you set those two vital vessels to do.

Certifications Include:
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Group Fitness Group Instructor
  • ACE Certified Functional Training Specialist
  • Certified in Holistic, and Sport Nutrition Counseling through the American Fitness Professionals Association


I live, dream and eat fitness every day of my life. I have 20 years of personal training expierence. I fell in love with fitness, when I was 6 years old, my mother and uncle gave me my first set of weights to work out for football. I played professional football, currently compete in bodybuilding. Having won several titles, I learned how to transform client’s bodies with my personalized workouts and healthy food plans. After my football career ended, I wanted to share my love with others to achieve their personal fitness goals through tailored fitness activities and guided fitness programs.

Certifications include :

  • Academy of health and fitness Personal Trainer
  • Medical exercise therapist


Why I Train: I started lifting weights to prepare for the military after finishing school. I ended up loving how it made me feel mentally and the discipline it created. I try to help other people learn to love exercise in whatever form speaks to them.

Method of Teaching: With everyone I try to use verbal, written, and physical cues. Most important is spending time with the person to learn how they best learn and what motivates them.

Hometown: Toronto

Favorite Exercise: Burpees

Least Favorite Exercise: Bench Press

Song that SPARKS you up: Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We found love

Favorite Meal: Steak Salad

#SPARKforwhat: Family, hiking, and teaching people they’re capable of far more than they think

Favorite Food: Hard to say! If I had to choose I’d say fajitas and a cucumber salad.

Favorite Movement/Lift: Deadlift or Burpees

Favorite Quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

Favorite Song: Pill in Ibiza or Feel So Close


Fitness has always played a vital role in my life, from playing sports at an early age through college to training elite warriors for combat operations.  During my career in the military, working out was less about gaining a competitive edge but more of enhancing my fitness for ever-changing conditions.  I applied the Special Operations’ motto of  “Anytime, Anyplace” to my workout regimen.  My diverse experiences have enabled me to design programs from robust facilities to more austere locations that fit into any daily schedule. I possess a wide array of techniques that will ensure we find the right program to transform you into the “you” that you want to be.  Together we will establish your goals and determine which fitness routine will be the best fit.  If you are looking to improve your flexibility and balance, we can incorporate some yoga into your program.  Despite my gentler side, if you need some tough love to remain motivated we can set out on a training mission where failure is NOT an option. In addition, I can help you enhance your personal protection capabilities through self-defense training.  I also understand when fitness goals are sidetracked.  Personally I have rehabilitated from several sports as well as combat related injuries in addition to helping numerous clients regain their ability to pursue and achieve their fitness goals.  I am confident that we will achieve success together.

Certifications include :

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED
  • Tae Kwon Do Black Belt and Certified Instructor
  • Combatives Instructor
  • Physical Training Leader


Tiffany is a certified personal trainer who has a love for health and fitness and a passion in helping others succeed in their fitness goals.  With several training techniques, Tiffany has the ability to build your confidence and gain knowledge to move to your next fitness level. With specialization in use of Mind Muscle Mastery, Weight Loss and Toning, Endurance and Strength Training and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), she is interested in your success and committed to your plan. She uses a mix of plyometric and weight training to assist individuals and consistently improves them over long term.Tiffany believes that the number one rule to follow when obtaining a goal is to make a plan and follow the plan. Fitness is not only about the physical change but the inner self too.  Be better than you were yesterday and which point, plans are executed and habits are formed. She has competed in a supernatural bodybuilding competition and would like to compete again.
Certifications include:
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Multiple Client Training
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • GEAR Indoor Cycling
  • CPE & AED Certified
Jeancarlo (JC) Alencastro- Certified Athletic Trainer and Physiotherapist(Available for In-Home Training Only)

So you would like to transform and live a healthier better life. You’ve  probably already tried different things…..have been successful……but then stopped to look and realized you’re just back to where you started. Or maybe you’ve decided to make a change ,but are overwhelmed with the amount of information that is already out there…….you don’t know where to start next.

Working together we can determine your fitness goals and develop a plan to get you to where you want to be. I will be Your coach, guide, and enthusiastic motivator every step of the process. I won’t just tell you what to do…..I’ll show you how to better your fitness so that you can confidently take charge and reach your goals.
In my career I’ve been involved in the rehabilitation and fitness realm. I’ve worked with everyone from athletes to the elderly to improve fitness, performance, and recovery from injury. No matter your goal…..together we can defy any obstacles in your way to the healthier you!
Certifications include:
    • NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer
    • BS Athletic Training
    • MSc. Physiotherapy
  • American Heart Association CPR/First Aid and AED


I have been working actively in the fitness and wellness industry for the past 33 years in South Africa.  I am currently training in the areas surrounding Atlanta. My passion is working with clients to achieve their specific goals is the key to laying a foundation with a strong platform and motivating her clients to become the best version of themselves and get into the best shape of their lives – for life. As a competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete, I understand the importance of a strong core and specialize in postural strength and core training with a clear vision on balancing the body through focusing on inner strength and flexibility. My experience extends to post surgery rehabilitation, pre and post natal exercising both on land and in water and the rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Certifications include :

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • South African Institute of Aerobics
  • Certified Group Trainer
  • Pre and Post Natal Trainer
  • Certified Master Water Coach


Having to grow up in the fitness industry. I had my share of different gyms from working with swim suit models to working with body building there’s no job to tough for me when it comes to getting in shape. If your looking to build any kind of lean muscle or lose weight I can show you the best way possible.  “So follow me to a fit, healthier life”.

enhancing the well-being of my clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier life. Together we will transform your quality of life through active participation in regular fitness activities and the integration of guided fitness programs, to make your health goals become a reality, in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment.

Certifications include:
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AAAI Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED Certified

PAMELA TURNER- CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERPamela is a certified Personal Trainer who has a great deal of love for fitness and is totally committed to help others find the passion for health and wellness. She specializes in ladies personal training, small group training and boot camps.Pamela enjoys personal and group settings as it provides her with the optimum opportunity to spread her philosophy of fitness, love of self, and love of others. She is also more than happy to share her testimony, knowledge of nutrition and physical fitness.Pamela’s goal is to inspire others to indulge in self-care, leading to stronger and healthier lives. She enjoys watching the change in the abilities, strength and confidence in her clients. There is no better enjoyment!She has competed in three bodybuilding competitions and is looking to compete again in 2018.Certifications include:

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • Strong by Zumba Instructor
  • MIXXEDFIT Instructor


Rashid Shakirov , MS, CSCS       

I have always been fascinated by amazing biological machine ever created by the Mother Nature, it is Human Body. My bookshelves are filled with books in anatomy, yoga, health and everything about it. In addition, my wrestling background in school and later in college, helped me get insider knowledge of, how all pieces of that puzzle work together.
Sadly, we do not appreciate what the precious gift we have. We are constantly destroying everything around us, the environment, other creatures and ourselves. We are more conscious of our cars, when we are filling tanks with premium gas than our bodies when we are eating junk food and feeding our kids with it. Our goal as fitness professionals, not to work just on the appearance of our clients but educate them about the importance of building up healthy habits. It should not be a quick fix diet for some event, but the lifelong habit. My favorite workouts are with bodyweight. Everything is done in the movement. With necessary adjustments for clients with limitations to avoid injury.


MS in Railway Engineering/Railways Operations
Almaty, Kazakhstan.

NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
Speak English and Russian